Research Data Alliance – (RDA) a wordwide organization was established in 2013 by European Commision, the United States Government’s National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation. Mission of this community-driven organization is to build the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing and re-use of data. Fast growing international coordination and collaboration initiative has a significant input in the creation of European Open Science Cloud – EOSC.
European Open Science Cloud – research infrastructure is offering professionals in science and technology a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data. European open science cloud portal was presented on 23rd November, 2018 in Austria, it unifies fragmented research ecosystem and encourages application of research data principles (angl. FAIR Data Principles: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). This environment will integrate all elements of research communication process ranging from research peer-review, publishing and research results publication and will provide digital format and user-friendly environment.
We are proud that our university became one of the institutions which support activities of Research Data Alliance. Coordination of national research data alliance activities is based on collaboration among experts from Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius University, international organization Electronic Information for Libraries – EIFL. Activities of this expert group is targeted to promotion of research data management in Lithuania, seeking to adapt and implement recommendations of Research Data Alliance, improve legal framework and infrastructure for research, disseminate advanced research data practise in Lithuania. Expert group work is coordinated by the head of Research Information Department dr Ieva Cesevičiūtė from Kaunas University of Technology.
Research infrastructure development, open science promoting activities are not new activities that are carried out in our university. From 2009 Kaunas University of Technology is a partner of EC research infrastructure project OpenAIRE. On June, university has signed OpenAIRE as a legal entity contract and became a part of European research infrastructure and European Open Science Cloud. It is gratifying that many years of experience in OpenAIRE project as a national coordinator and input to Open Science activities by assoc. prof. Gintarė Tautkevičienė has been acknowledged and she became the member of expert group analysing sustainability possibilities of European Open Science Cloud.